The trail takes you east of Annapurna Base camp trail and eventually to the Mardi Himal Basecamp very close to Mount Fishtail. Then you go paragliding in Pokhara on this multi-day tour!
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Mardi Himal trek
Mardi Himal Trek was not famous until recently, but now this trek has started to attract people as there are basic lodges available on the High Camp trail. This trekking trail takes you through beautiful Rhododendron forests, walking on a ridge above the tree line with stunning views of Annapurna South, Mardi Himal, and Machapuchare ( Fishtail ). Despite gaining popularity with trekkers from both overseas and locals, the Mardi Trek is an excellent alternative to the Poonhill Trek with a lot fewer trekkers.
We have included two nights in a homestay to enjoy genuine Nepali hospitality and food with two ethnic groups at the end of the trek. Enjoy this trek with our value-added service with an expert trek leader and our specially prepared meals that use superfood as ingredients for better nourishment and acclimatization.
Food and nutrition on the trek
We are pioneers in gourmet trekking in the Himalayas. We provide a varied, interesting menu on treks throughout the Himalayas. Vegetarian, vegan, and gluten-free meals can be catered for upon request, and other special diets can be accommodated with advance notice.
Trekking is not only fun, but it is beneficial for you. It helps in detoxifying the body while also nourishing the soul. Although to provide a better experience, we also tailor our meals to include superfoods as part of the ingredients to keep you fit and healthy while also assisting in acclimatization to high altitude. The combination of hiking in the pristine mountain air and healthy food makes trekking with us a complete gourmet adventure. Read More on Food and nutrition on our treks.
Why Choose Us?
- Our expert trek leader will ensure your safety at all times while enhancing your trekking experience.
- Your private social bubble by staying in less busy lodges and trekking away from the crowded trails where possible.
- Experience the Himalayas in style.
- Your food is prepared with superfood ingredients to give the best nourishment, recovery, and acclimatization to high altitude for our gourmet trekking adventures.
Arrive in Kathmandu. You will be met by our representative and brought to your hotel. You will meet the rest of the group during your trek briefing.
Morning tour of Swayambhunath Temple, Kathmandu Durbar Square, Ason Market ending in Thamel – the tourist hub for lunch. After lunch, you can either hire or purchase the trekking gear required for this trek.
We go to the domestic airport in Kathmandu after breakfast. This is a short but scenic flight to Pokhara. We take a vehicle and drive to our trek starting point of Dhampus. We have an uphill hike to Pitam Deurali. We hike through a lovely thick forest, passing by Pothana village. You have one more hour of an uphill hike to Pitam Deurali.
We start our hike uphill through a lush forest. This was once a shepherd’s trail bringing their sheep, goats, buffaloes, and cows to higher grazing pastures. We will continue to ascend most of the way, passing by a couple of small “shops” selling snacks and tea on the way.
It is a lovely walk listening to the sound of birds chirping in the woods. We will have late lunch when we get to Kokar or Forest Camp.
We shorten our day’s hike and stay at Badal danda for acclimatization and to be in a quiet place. The Panorama is another advantage of staying at Badal danda. We can have a relaxing breakfast before starting our trek as we only had about a 4-hour hike on this day. The trail is uphill in a lovely rhododendron forest. It takes about three hours to reach an opening in the forest called Low Camp. We stop here for lunch. Views of Annapurna South and Machapuchare are good when it is not cloudy.
We have about an hour to get to Badal Danda (Cloud Hill); as the name says, clouds usually rise from the lower valleys in the afternoon. This place is on a ridge, and the view of the valleys on both sides is impressive.
We have another short morning of trekking to High Camp. We climb for about one hour on a ridge. The trail is now a combination of ascends and descends in rhododendron forest with openings that provide wonderful views. You will be hiking with Annapurna South, Hiunchuli, and Machapuchare in front of you. You will see the Annapurna base camp trail on your left is way below where you are hiking.
We have a combination of mostly ascending, with some descend to the upper viewpoint and vice versa on our return journey. We hike through pastures and some narrow trails before reaching the Upper Viewpoint.
We will witness an astonishing Himalayan Vista of Mardi Himal 5587 meters, Annapurna I 80921 meters, Annapurna South 7219 meters, Hiunchuli 6441 meters, Barahi Shikhar 7647 meters, Tent Peak 5695 meters, Dome Peak 6501 meters, Machapuchare, and numerous other peaks. We retrace our steps back to Badal Danda, away from the crowd at High Camp. Badal Danda is also a great place for panoramic views.
We have a big day of descent or 1400-1600 meters. We retrace our steps to Low camp and take a left fork towards Sidhing village. We will be hiking in a lush and thick Rhododendron, Oak, and Alder forest until reaching the terraced fields close to the village. We will be pleased to stop at the guest house and have a nice hot shower after a day of ‘endless descend.’
The path from Sidhing now follows the contour of the hill above the river. We descend gradually down between the pastures, through Tamang and Gurung villages. We will stop at Ghalel village for lunch before continuing to Lwang. We will be staying in homestays to experience community-based tourism.
We take a private jeep back to Pokhara. We have a free day to relax or take a boat ride in the lake.
You have the option of either just chilling out, shopping, taking a boat ride, or paraglide with the company owned by National Geography’s Adventurers of the year 2012.
You will be brought to the airport three hours before your flight time.
- Boutique hotel in Kathmandu on a bed and breakfast basis
- Boutique hotel in Pokhara on a bed and breakfast basis
- Hotel/lodges on twin sharing basis
- All transportation
- Responsible Adventures’ expert trek leader or Trek with Raj
- Complimentary T-shirt
- Use of trekking kit bag during the trek
- One assistant guide between 4 trekkers
- Trekking Chef
- One porter between two trekkers
- Proper clothing for porters and crew
- Food for porters & crew members (we are less than a handful of trekking companies that provide this facility)
- Insurance for team and porters
- All permits
- Twin sharing room on the trek
- All meals on the trek (healthiest and varied trekking meals in the whole of the Himalaya)
- Domestic airfare
- All optional additional tours or activities during free time
- Transportation outside of the tour program
- Travel insurance (compulsory to have insurance that covers helicopter evacuation)
- Tips(suggested amount US$75 per week for staff only); Leader’s tips at your discretion
- Items of a personal nature, e.g., alcoholic drinks, bottled beverages, laundry, souvenirs, etc.
From 3 years old to some in their 70s, most of our clients have done and completed their treks with almost no exercise or training.
Do you offer hotel/airport pick-up?
We offer hotel and airport pick-up. As you continue with your booking, there will be an option to input flight details or hotel name.
Do I need a Visa?
A visa for Nepal can be acquired on arrival at the Tribhuvan International Airport, Kathmandu, and at border entry points in Kakadvitta, Birgunj, Bhairahawa, Nepalgunj, Gaddachowki on the Nepal-India border, and Kerung on the Nepal-China border.
Outside of Nepal, A visa can also be obtained at the nearest Nepal Embassy or Diplomatic Mission.
For more information, go to the Department of Immigration, Kalikasthan, Kathmandu.
What should I bring on a Trek?
Being adequately equipped is one of the keys to a successful trek. For information to help you select the best type of clothing and equipment for your trip, please see our Clothing and Equipment Guide.
Also, see our Links page for details of specialist retailers who will offer further advice and assistance with purchasing new clothing or equipment.
If you have more questions, please check this article to reference equipment to pack or contact us.
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